Tolly Moseley

Tolly Moseley is currently an intern at KUT News.


AM Update
9:02 am
Fri March 9, 2012

AM Update: Leslie's Memorial Weekend, Arne Duncan's Meeting With Perry, Win for UT Men's Basketball

Friends of Leslie banded together in a press conference yesterday.
Photo by Lucia Duncan for KUT News

Leslie's Public Visitation and Memorial This Weekend

Austin is still feeling the loss of one of its weirdest (and most beloved) public figures.  This weekend, the public will have two opportunities to bid farewell to the street-walking, heels-wearing, public-office-seeking Leslie Cochran, who passed away on Thursday morning

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AM Update
9:19 am
Wed March 7, 2012

AM Update: Feds Question New District, Ron Paul's Not-So-Super Tuesday, Crackdown on Border Tunnels

Newly drawn District 25, where Rep. Lloyd Doggett is thought to run, is receiving further federal scrutiny.
Map image State of Texas; Doggett photo; Vote photo KUT News

DC Questions Doggett's New District

District 25 in Texas newly-redistricted voting map is currently represented by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, and encompasses a large portion of Travis County.  But now, a federal court in Washington DC has questions about District 25 that could delay Texas 2012 primaries yet again.

The main issue is whether District 25 – which contains white, Hispanic, and African-American voters –  deserves minority protection under the Voting Rights Act or not. 

 The court asked for briefs by March 13 on District 25, and if they deem it a minority district deserving protection, that would send the map back to the drawing board, the Austin American-Statesman reports, with primaries falling well into the summer.

Texas only recently saw its primary date set for May 29.

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8:52 am
Fri March 2, 2012

AM Update: Rice Farmers Lose Water, Break for Texas Independence Day, City Council Decision Rundown

Rice farmers now face a year without water.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for StateImpact Texas

Rice Farmers Lose Water

As of midnight this morning, Texas rice farmers had no water for their crops.

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8:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

AM Update: Moontowers Temporarily Vanish, Ron Paul's Michigan Finish, Texas' New Railroad Commish

One of Austin's historic moontowers. Austin Energy is refurbishing towers recently removed due to a construction project.
Photo courtesy

Moontowers Temporarily Taken Down

An Austin moontower on the corner of West 22nd and Nueces streets has been temporarily dismantled due to a nearby construction project, and another on the corner of Trinity and Cesar Chavez is slated to move over to Third and Red River.

Austin is the only city in the world that still operates under a moonlight tower lighting system, made up of those ethereal structures that provide large areas of illumination and – as every "Dazed and Confused" fan knows – the occasional party.  According to the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Energy plans to refurbish the towers that have been removed, and because of their designation in the National Register of Historic Places, any repairs have to be historically accurate. You can read more from KUT News about the towers.

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12:23 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

KUT News Roundup: LCRA Water Plan Woes, Erroneous Energy Bills, Pumping Oil With Pollution

Let's take a midweek look at the top Austin and Central Texas stories from and StateImpact Texas, KUT's reporting partnership with NPR.

LCRA About to Finalize Water Plan Through 2020

A vote is imminent on a plan that would regulate water use from the Highland Lakes to the Gulf Coast until 2020. The Lower Colorado River Authority heard public comment Tuesday from a wide range of people on its water management plan.

“It’s really hard for me to be speaking here today, because we are staring down the devastation of the drought of 2011,” said Janet Caylor, representing businesses on Lake Travis. “And as y’all are aware, there have already been multiple bankruptcies, loss of jobs, many are struggling to stay in business.”

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8:54 am
Wed February 22, 2012

AM Update 2/22/12: Cost of Boardwalk Rises, Juárez Bullet Strikes El Pasoan, Meth Seizures at Border

A rendering of the proposed Lady Bird Lake boardwalk.
Image courtesy courtesy of the Trail Foundation,

Mounting Expense for Lady Bird Boardwalk 

In 2010, City of Austin voters ushered in Proposition 1, a project to construct a boardwalk trail over and along Lady Bird Lake. Back then, the estimated cost of the project was $17.4 million, but as of today, the lowest bid (of eight) is $20.7 million. That's a 19% jump.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the cost increase can be attributed to two main factors: Oil prices (no surprise there) and a construction industry still trying to correct itself post-recession. Builders are finally doing things they put off during those lean years, like replacing old equipment, and that's made government building projects more costly. Still, city officials aren't worried about coming up with the extra money. 

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8:58 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/15/12: Execution Drug Shortage, Redistricting Drama, Texas/OU Battles ACL

Texas' Huntsville Prison, home to the United State's most active execution chamber.
Photo courtesy Mark Britain,

Texas Prisons Hard Up for Execution Drugs?

Texas state prisons are running low on a key execution drug, according to a report released Tuesday. According to the Austin American-Statesman, state prison officials say there is enough of the drug to continue with six executions that are scheduled over the next four months.

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10:46 am
Fri February 10, 2012

KUT News Roundup: Rolling Blackouts for Texas, Drought Examples to Follow, a Mortgage Cash Payout

A big week for news around the city and the state. If you've missed anything, we've compiled this online report.
Photo by KUT News

It's Friday, so here’s an end-of-the-week look at what we’ve been following: News from, our reporting partner StateImpact Texas, and our friends at the Texas Tribune:

AISD Teachers Weigh Options with In-District Charter (KUT News):

"A charter school operator from South Texas is moving into East Austin’s Allan Elementary School next school year. It’s the first step in a multiyear strategy that Austin ISD hopes will reverse years of academic setbacks. But for some teachers, it’s a cue to leave their campus.

“I do not want to be a part of what they’re bringing to our community, and it’s still not what I think is best for kids,” Allan Elementary bilingual education teacher Constanza Serna said.

Austin ISD’s first ever in-district charter school program starts next year and will be run by IDEA Public Schools from South Texas. Alejandro Delgado – a graduate of Bowie High in Austin – will be the first vice principal of the renamed IDEA Allan campus.

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8:19 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/10/12: A Smoke-Free UT, Inmate Health Care, New Hurdle for Austin Med School?

UT will need to kick the smoking habit completely to preserve millions in research funding.
Photo courtesy

UT to Go Tobacco-Free?

Smoking is already banned in practically all indoor spaces on the UT campus, but to earn a sizeable grant, that ban could soon extend outdoors too.

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8:48 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/8/12: Amber Alert, Ron Paul's Minnesota Showing, UT Studies Prof Performance

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Jessica Smith (left). They believe she is with her mother, Kimberly Smith.
Photos courtesy Texas Dept. of Public Safety

Amber Alert Issued

Forth Worth authorities have issued an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Jessica Smith. Jessica is a white female, 5’1” tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.  

Police believe Jessica’s abductor is her mother, 42 year-old Kimberly Smith. Smith is a white female, 5’2” tall, weighs 150 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. Smith has a cross tattoo on the back of her neck and a decorative tattoo on her back.  

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8:33 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/3/12: Single Member Districts Endorsed, Millions for Gulf Coast

Last night, the 2012 Charter Revision Committee approved a recommendation to expand the size of the City Council and endorse district representation.
Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Committee Supports Expanding City Council, District Representation

Yesterday, a city committee recommended a major change to the Austin City Council: That it expand from seven members to 11, and members move from city-wide (at-large) representation to district representation.  The recommendation was far from unanimous, passing on an 8-7 vote.

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8:53 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/1/2012: Brigid Shea Running for Mayor, National Signing Day, VFW Goes Virtual

Former council member Brigid Shea (L) has decided she'll run against incumbent Mayor Lee Leffingwell this May.
Shea photo courtesy; Leffingwell photo courtesy his campaign

Brigid Shea Running for Mayor

Incumbent Mayor Lee Leffingwell may have earned endorsements from Willie Nelson and Lance Armstrong, but that doesn't mean he's going unchallenged: Yesterday, ex-City Council member Brigid Shea announced her own mayoral bid.

The co-founder of both environmental consulting firm Carbon Shrinks and the Save Our Springs Alliance, Shea told the Austin American Statesman that she senses a growing dissatisfaction among Austinites with their local government.  "The overwhelming response I've gotten (while considering a run) is that people are not happy with the direction at City Hall," Shea told the Statesman.  "They feel that City Hall is tone deaf about the effect their choices are having on people's household budgets."

She cited several other points of concern in her Statesman interview, such as the city's new electric rate hikes, the council's approval of the Formula One race proposal, and school issues at the state and local level.

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8:52 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Top Morning Stories 1/27/2012: Texans Can Drive 75 MPH

New Highway Speed Limits Coming

The Texas Transportation Commission approved increasing the speed limit to 75 miles per hour on 1,500 miles of interstate.

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News Brief
8:29 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Top Morning Stories 1/20/2012

KUT News

Gun Rights Shot Down by Lubbock Judge

Yesterday, a Lubbock federal judge dismissed the National Rifle Association's attempt to overturn a Texas law preventing 18- to 20-year-olds from carrying concealed handguns. 

U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings ruled that it's in the public's best interest for state legislation to prevent those under the age of 21 to have a concealed handgun license. According to KCBD-TV in Lubbock:

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7:41 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Top Morning Stories 01/18/12

St. David's to Assist Low-Income Moms

The Central Health board is preparing to close Austin's Women's Hospital on February 9. St. David's medical center has a pending contract with the Central Health board to help moms affected by the closure. If the contract is granted, St. David's will help deliver babies and perform sterilization services.  That contract is up for approval today.

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